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Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"A hint of smoked malt compliments the chocolate malt in this surprisingly light bodied Schwarzbier. Experience Kidd's intriguing aroma and complex flavor as you enjoy this remarkable style of beer."

(Beer added by: RoBotGod on 03-27-2005)
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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very smooth with very little head, even when poured right down the middle of the bottle. Color is a dark reddish brown.

The smell was intriguing, with a strong roasted smell of something that I couldn't quite pinpoint, though I am guessing it is the grains.

The taste gives a good variety of flavors, from a coffee-ish taste, to a sweeter taste, and a mild nutty finish.

The beer tingles the palette with a little bit of carbonation. The texture of the beer fits the style well.

The overall drinking experience was quite good and I really enjoyed the fact that as the beer warms and you sip it slowly, you can fully appreciate all the flavors that this beer has to offer.

NittanyBeerFan, May 12, 2008
Photo of lawnbitis
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great aromas of hay and mocha. Light on the tongue, but still a persistent and lingering handful of malty goodness.

This beer is a great American version of the style. I'm very much looking forward to the Oldsmar Tap House launch of Fort Collins this weekend.

lawnbitis, May 06, 2009
Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black with a thin off white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet roasted honey malts. A nice deep roasted malt aroma.

T: A sweet smokey roasted malt flavor. It's interesting as it has a strong smokey flavor, I wasn't expecting that. There is also a bit of fruitiness in the beer that keeps it light. The sweetness and roasted bitterness play well together.

M: medium bodied and good carbonation.

O: I like this beer. I think is very well crafted, balanced, and right in style. Very nice.

Kromes, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of dbtoe
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Look very black body with a 2 finger tan head that reduced down to a thin layer cap.

Smell toasty malt and hint of coffee. Nothing real strong in the smell but I really liked it.

Taste roasted malt then a slight coffee flavored ending mildly bitter. Maybe some nutty taste in there too. I enjoyed this alot.

Feel thin with lively carbonation.

Drink was very good and it made me want a few more. A good beer for a party easy to have a few.

Comment I really liked this beer and wish it was available around here. My favorite black lager so far. The 4 pack went in one sitting. I liked it a lot more than SA's Black lager.

dbtoe, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of JayS2629
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with good clarity, a creamy white head that fades slowly but leaves nice walls of lace.

The aroma is of chocolate, some roasted coffee notes, and toasted nuts with a grassy, earthy hop finish.

The taste follows the nose with a good dose of cocoa, roasted malt, and toasted nuts balanced with grassy, earthy hops. Nice balance, and the roasty qualities make it different than the average lager.

Clean, crisp, but creamy.

Overall, nice neutral lager yeast lets chocolate notes shine in a style not regular. Pretty good lager.

JayS2629, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of acmebbq
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass with about a finger, light tan head. Head lessened fairly quickly but foam covered the surface all the way down leaving substantial lacing. Beer appeared dark brown to black. Dark copper/reddish when held to the light.

S - Malty, some chocolate, a bit of smoke.

T - Malty, milky chocolate, bitter coffee, smooth lager finish.

M - Light to moderate body. Some creaminess.

O - Enjoyable overall. Could drink two or three in a sitting.

acmebbq, May 04, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into moderate lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, and had a clean lager quality. The taste is similar to the aroma. It is more stout like than any schwarzbier I've yet tasted, but it works. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied which is fitting for the style. The carbonation is moderate, and the texture is of velvet. Overall, this is a really nice, sessionable beer. I will certainly drink this again.

KarlHungus, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany, where it's listed on the board as "Kidd (Black) Lager". . . .

A: Dark brown, nearly black body with some mahogany/crimson highlights noticeable only when held up to the light. Small light brown head leaves behind a little bit of lace.

S: Chocolate -- no, make that cocoa powder, kind of like a packet of hot chocolate mix. Not terribly strong in the nose, but what's there is pleasant.

T: Cocoa powder and milk chocolate, like the nose. Also a bit of roasted malt. There's a nice dry, hoppy taste at the end, however, so it finishes pretty clean. Despite the nose and dominant chocolate flavors, this is nicely balanced.

M: Light in body, pretty smooth drinker.

D: Very good. Tasty but light in heft, this one went down very easily. I could see this being sessionable.

Notes: But for the light body, this one almost borders on porter territory in some ways, as the nose and flavor are pretty full for a light-bodied lager. For some reason I usually expect Schwarzbiers to have a more smoky taste to them, but frankly, I think I prefer the dominant chocolate that you get here. Well done and worth checking out.

Kendo, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of riversider76
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns with ruby highlights. Thin tan head with some retention and a very nice lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate and malts. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is of hazelnut and chocolate. Smokey edge,with hints of licorice. Slightly bittered finish. Execellent!

riversider76, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Warsteiner pilsener. Poured a deep, opaque brown with ruby red highlights when backlit. One inch loose, khaki-colored head lost half its volume in under a minute before settling into a solid quarter inch cap; strands of sticky lacing present during the tasting. Strong nose of coffee, chocolate and malt without being cloyingly sweet. Flavors consistent with nose, with a smokey character present in the foreground. Light-bodied and lively mouthfeel with a mild carbonation burn across the tongue and a residual smokiness that lingers lightly at the end. Alcohol is well-hidden and brew is both flavorful and refreshing at the same time. A solid example of the style.

Jwale73, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: From the bottle poured a rich deep chocolate coloring, while in the glass was a flat black. The head was disappointing, never really gathering enough strength to form nor retain and was khaki in color for its brief stay.

S: Light roasty malt and chocolate appears on the nose with moderately good results and strength. Earthy with a light charred character and burnt caramel sweetness. Per style this was pretty generous in the aromatic sense.

T: Light roasty grains, burnt chocolate and a bit of smokiness starts things off in the right direction. There is a nice bit or burnt grain sweetness coming through initially that is accompanied by creamer enriched coffee notes. Earthy roastedness and a residual lacing ensures on the swallow with a moderate bitterness of freshly roasted beans. Overall had a pretty robust flavor per style, with just a touch of smokiness that borders almost on porter strength.

M: Pretty good fullness for a Schwarz, would even be good for a porter. Roasty with a smoky charred coating that sits well on the tongue. Light carbonation factor with a silky texture suits this well.

D: Good drinkability, rich and robust flavor while still maintaining a smooth and easy to consume nature makes this a prime example. Six pack worthy.

beerthulhu, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of jadpsu
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could not find an ABV on bottle or on the Fort Collins Brewery Web site.
Not positive that this is not already listed n Beer Advocate as KIDD LAGER. However, the bottle is different than the one shown for just KIDD LAGER. On further examination of the Fort Collins site I only see one of the two listed and the one listed is called 'BLACK' LAGER.

Pours black with a brown head that lacks good retention but does have good lacing.
Smell provides some toasty, smokey malts and some biscuity breads.
Taste includes some molasses, coffee and chocolate. Can't say I pick up much in hops in either aroma or taste.
Surprisingly light in body and low carbination.
Enjoyable session beer with some complexity in its aroma/flavor.

jadpsu, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of GarrisWH
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown that is nearly opaque, although deep, ruby red highlights come through when held up to the light. One finger of tan head that leaves a decent bit of lacing as it recedes to a solid cap.

S - Roasted malts with a slight smokiness. There are tones of chocolate, dark fruits, and a hint of coffee. Slight hoppiness lingering in the background.

T - The roasted malts are definitely up front in the flavor as well. A combination of chocolate and coffee with light smoke backing it up. A crisp and slightly fruity hop bitterness adds a nice touch in the finish. Nice combination of flavors.

M - Leans toward the lighter side of medium bodied. Pretty mild carbonation. It seems a little bit more body couldn't hurt with the flavor profile on this one. Can't really complain though, it is smooth and goes down easy.

D - Another interesting, easy-drinking offering from Fort Collins Brewing. I don't have a lot of experience with Schwartzbiers, but found this to be very tasty and drinkable. Could make for a nice session brew in the colder months.

GarrisWH, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of zoso1967
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kidd pours a deep blackish brown color that shoes some garnet hues when held up to a light. The head is very nice and possess a deep tan color. It is nice and foamy with great retention. It also leaves excellent lace.

The aroma is very roasty with plenty of bitter cocoa and even some smoky notes. The beer also has a bready sweetness that is blended with a bit of molasses flavor.

The same great characteristics form the aroma come through in the flavor. This beer has a very nice smoothness to it that helps set it apart from a stout or porter. The bitter cocoa really mixes well with the dark bready sweetness and some of the caramel and molasses.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with subdued carbonation. The beer finishes super cleanly with just some sweet dark malt character lingering on my tongue.

This is by far my favorite offering from FCB that I have tried so far. They did a great job crafting a beer in a style that is often overlooked by American craft brewers. Very drinkable.

zoso1967, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

4.25 S: Decidedly grainy - this reminds me of gathering up the grains needed for my RIS. There's also a ton of chocolate, which reminds me of the mash of that same brew. Plenty of roastiness as well. Caramel and molasses to round this off.

4.0 T: Roasty foremost, but chocolatety enough to balance it out. Grainy with layers of caramel and the slightest hint of ash. Very tasty and every sip is as good as the last.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Really good beer. Solid all around. Pick it up.

DavoleBomb, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of TangTKE402
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a beer mug, this beer looked like melted licorice in the glass with a thin, 1/2 finger head the color of ivory.

The smell is malty and robust with strong hints of toasted caramel and resin.

The color betrays the flavor, as this beer is much lighter in feel and taste than it appears. Malt flavors abound, with hints of hickory smoke and plum on the swallow. It is surprisingly clean and light, without an overpoweringly robust feel, and it leaves the mouth feeling like a campfire.

It is surprising how much flavor is packed into this beer without it getting bogged down in heady richness, which can sometimes be off-putting to those seeking a more refreshing beer. If there was such a thing as clean smoke, the Fort Collins Brewing Company has bottled it, and it tastes good.

TangTKE402, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark liquid, almost black. Hues of red shine through giving a ruby red color with light shined upon it. The head is tan in color, thin and bubbly, with little retention and virtually no lacing.

S-the nose is quite fair in strength, it brings a good bit of roasted, burnt coffee, lightly smoked, notes of dark chocolate and toffee, a touch of caramel malt underneath. The back end brings a hop aroma of citric and floral esters.

T-big time roasted flavors. Burnt coffee is definintely quite strong giving it a roasted malt taste with a hint of smokiness. The dark chocolate adds a hint of sweetness but isn't very strong. Caramel and toffee lie underneath as a hop presence gives a nice balanced, and slightly bitter finish. the hops do add a nice touch of floral esters with herbal notes

M-this is extremely smooth, so smooth and just a touch of creaminess. It is light bodied, and the carbonation is light but still bringing a crisp finish.

D-this is a very tasty brew. Big bold flavors that blend together very well. Light body and easy drinking, great flavors, easily sessionable

cpetrone84, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch khaki head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random splotches and streaks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, roasted peanuts, and roasted coffee beans. Very roasty overall. Taste is of roasted malt and peanuts with a slight coffee grounds aftertaste. Mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. A crisp mouthfeel with a pretty good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good schwarzbier with a nice set of roasty smells and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Donnie2112
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very dark translucent chocolate brown in color with hues of dark cherry that comes through with the light a thin film of head

aromas of caramel and some chocolate

not too much unlike a typical American lager in a certain respect but with a lot more roasty bitterness and a bit of chocolate notes. Very nice

light in body, plenty of carbonation just a hint of astringence

very drinkable beer, tasty and light. Just good stuff

Donnie2112, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of Ricochet
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Started out with a nice head that that went fast with almost no lace, was as black as a stout and BEADS. It formed beads at the end of the pour. I know what that means....

Wow, this is billed on the bottle as a lager, but the dark roasted caramel malt smell was a real sniffer. It even had a greek-olive fruit like scent, like nothing I've had before. Thick in the mouth with a malty nutty aftertaste but not as heavy as a porter or stout. Spot on.

There was an odd overtone, like that of the greek olives that were in the scent, but it only slightly detracted as the caramel, and the coffee leaped into action. It sort of tasted like a better bock beer, was a little sour on the finish and ever so slight hops bitter. It was all burnt malt but subdued so I could appreciate the other flavors.

Verdict, very good beer for something different but not my preference in styles/tastes.

Ricochet, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of mrbill57
4/5  rDev +7.8%

mrbill57, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the style implies, it fills the glass with an opaque practically black liquid that is topped with a white half finger of sticky lacing.
Aromas are toasted dark malts and a hint of chocolate with a tiny tinge of citrus hops at the end keeping it fresh. These are subtle scents that involve themselves in the overall experience as compliments rather than distinctive things on their own.
Taste is dark toasted malt, chocolate powder, coffee, and again the citrus hops at the end keeping everything fresh and clean.
Mouthfeel is creamy and aftertaste is slightly cappuccino in character.
Nice drying as you swallow and a light alcohol warmth afterwords.
I'm giving it 4's across the board because I really enjoy this lager, however if I were honestly judging to style, I think this is a little more stout like than swartzbier due to the rich flavors of chocolate and coffee.

IntriqKen, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of dexterk1
4/5  rDev +7.8%

dexterk1, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of tjd112
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the brewer's lunchbox purchased at Spirits Unlimited (Route 9 and 526, Lakewood, NJ). Poured into Flying Fish pint glass.

A - Black color with a tinge of red, off-white head, moderate lacing
S/T - Slight caramel, with notes of root beer, some toastiness, but not like a stout
M - Light-bodied with a smooth finish
D - A really good beer to have with either German or Mexican food, this is similar in style to Negra Modelo.

Probably the best beer out of all of the Brewer's Lunchbox.

tjd112, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of redearedslider
4/5  rDev +7.8%

redearedslider, Sep 28, 2013
Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.